the breckland scribble

July 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM

When I was 10 or 11 years old, I took over my middle school's monthly magazine "The Breckland Scribble".

When I say took over, what I mean is that one day I realised that an issue hadn't been put out for months, and I thought it'd be a fun thing to do. It never really occured to me to get permission, or to hand over the profits from selling it to my school-mates... to my great surprise, it paid for many a trip to the tuck shop.

With me at the helm, it changed from a simple magazine about school events and the occasional joke, to be largely comic-based, with some film reviews and game hints and cheats thrown in for good measure. At the time I was pretty obsessed with Sonic the Hedgegog, so I wrote and drew some new adventures for everybody's favourite spikey blue mammal. It was shit, of course - I can't draw, and I've never been able to, but it didn't really matter. I enjoyed it, and my scribblings were at least passable enough that people knew what they were looking at.

My teachers never told me I was supposed to hand over the profits. I was putting a lot of time and effort into the magazine, so felt completely justified in keeping what I'd worked so hard to produce. The teachers didn't agree, of course. Shortly after the fourth or fifth issue, the Scribble was once again shut down.

That was the last comic I worked on, until now. And I still can't draw. But I can write and colour fairly well.

While I wouldn't call it a life long dream, I have always had a need to create, and comics were always the outlet I'd consider first, before moving onto goals more appropriate to my skillset. But not this time. This time, I chose a comic because it would be impossible to tell the story of the Unlikely Jedi as a film. Making the Unwritten Rule Trilogy gave me a huge amount of joy and pride, and as I created all of the visual fx myself, I felt strongly that the continuing adventures of these characters should be told in as visual a way as possible. A book simply wouldn't cut it, but a comic just felt right.

And that's where my search for an artist began, which I'll talk about in a future blog.

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Ryan Brain

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